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Chicago police issue warning after man exposes himself, pursue multiple women in multiple neighborhoods – NBC Chicago

Chicago police are warning residents of several neighborhoods about a man accused of exposing himself to women and even chasing some of those victims during the incidents.

A Wicker Park resident, who asked to remain anonymous, said she was one of the victims targeted by the suspect, saying the incident happened while she was walking her dog in October 2021.

“He started asking me a question, ‘Do you know how to get to this address?’ I ignored him and kept walking, and he got out…and started following me.

She says the man then chased her down an alley near Wood Street.

“I shouted ‘come back!’ And then he came to me faster,” she said. “Then I screamed and he exposed himself.”

Police say at least four incidents have been reported involving the man. During each incident, he attempts to engage the victim in conversation, usually by asking directions or using his phone.

After that, the man touches himself or exposes himself, then follows the victim even if he tries to flee.

One of the victims says she is part of a Facebook group of women who have shared similar stories, and she says there have been more than a dozen victims.

“The individual followed me on his bike and asked me for directions to an employment office on South Canal, which sounded a little weird because it’s nowhere near,” he said. she stated. “I told him I probably couldn’t help him, then I noticed he was moving his hand up and down very quickly under his sweatshirt. I immediately panicked and backed off.

Police say incidents occurred on North Avenue and Western Avenue, as well as Division Street and Wood Street on the Near West Side.

Police have not released a description of the suspect, with his victims expressing frustration at the lack of action by law enforcement.

“I called the police right after the incident and no one ever showed up,” one victim said.

“For my own safety, I’ve given up on the shorter shorts when walking outside,” another added.

Chicago police say residents should always be aware of their surroundings and if approached by a stranger to get to a safe place and call 911.

Individuals are also advised not to pursue a fleeing assailant under any circumstances.

NBC Chicago

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